Shorgel lakes/Shirvan reserve

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris VU winter 1988-1991 240 individuals A1, A4i, B1i
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio LC breeding 1990 4,000 individuals B2
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax NT winter 1996 900 individuals A1
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus NT winter 1988-1991 50 individuals A1, A4i, B1i
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus LC winter 1988-1991 1,000 individuals A1, A4i, B1i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage 1996 150,000-200,000 individuals A4iii
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 1996 20,000-35,000 individuals A4iii

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2008 low favourable high
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - nomadic grazing past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration low

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation 26000 26000 - good (> 90%) near favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity high
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Shirvan State Nature Reserve State Nature Reserve 6,232 protected area overlaps with site 6,232
Shirvan National Park National Park 54,374 protected area overlaps with site 0
Bandovan State Nature Sanctuary State Nature Sanctuary 4,930 protected area contained by site 4,930

Local conservation groups

The local conservation groups below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
info avialable at AOS 2005
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IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water, Water fringe vegetation -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Shorgel lakes/Shirvan reserve. Downloaded from on 28/09/2020.